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Riassunto: In this classic tale, Richard Kim paints seven vivid scenes from a boyhood and early adolescence in Korea at the height of the Japanese occupation, 1932 to 1945. Taking its title from the grim fact that the occupiers forced the Koreans to renounce their own names and adopt Japanese names instead, the book follows one Korean family through the Japanese occupation to the surrender of the Japanese empire. Lost Names is at once a loving memory of family and a vivid portrayal of life in a time of anguish.
Review: From 1932 to 1945, the Japanese occupied Korea. Organized in seven vivid scenes, Kim's fictionalized memoir tells the story of one family's experience, as told by the boy. The narrative starts in 1933 with a dramatic iced-river crossing into Manchuria, when the boy was just a year old, a story the boy knows from the many times his mother has told him the tale. Next scene and we're in 1938. The boy and his family have moved back to Korea, where the boy is the new boy in school and is learning new routines like bowing his head toward where the Japanese emperor is supposed to be in Tokyo. He does as he is told, but wonders if the emperor knows the children are bowing to him, wonders if he's asleep, or eating breakfast--or maybe even in the toilet. He pictures someone knocking on the door, saying, "Your Majesty! The children, the children! They are bowing to Your Majesty!" and him saying, "Wait a minute! I have my pants down!"
A few years later, the children are told they need new names--the Koreans must renounce their family names and take Japanese ones instead. Later, his father takes him to the cemetery to ask forgiveness from their ancestors for the humiliation of losing their names. The scenes continue as the boy grows up, mingling the experiences of childhood with the history of the occupation, seen in the small day-to-day moments that bring history alive. Richard Kim uses a simple but powerful voice to evoke painful times, a loving family, and a strong spirit of survival. Lost Names is a beautifully written tribute to the people of Korea that is subtle, moving, and hard to put down.
Titolo: Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
Casa editrice: Deutsch
Data di pubblicazione: 1971
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: 1st Edition. Dust Jacket torn. Codice libro della libreria BBI2356959
Descrizione libro Andre Deutsch Ltd, London, 1971. Hard Back. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Phillips , Roger , jacket (illustratore). 1st Edition. FINE/VG.1st UK.ed.1st print.1971.The Japanese Occupation of Korea 1932-1945 the imprisoned Koreans , oppression forced to speak & take Japanese identity [man's inhumanity] The grim fact of subjugation and the appalling conditions as they struggle to survive.Each of the seven incidents recalled by the author explores aspects of oppression.Faction a Fiction novel based on factual accounts:author RE Kim - Born Korea 1932 - grew up during the Japanese occupation - Korean Army - University in USA - Masters in Far Eastern Lit. at Harvard - awarded Guggenheim Fellowship - Lecturer.[ book fine , No inscsp] Dust Jacket price clipped, spine creamed, tiny edgwear.Please see our actual images of the book offered for sale. Codice libro della libreria 120676
Descrizione libro U.K / Andre Deutsch, 1971. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. The authors third book. A fictional book about Kim's experiences during the Japanese occupation of Korea. This is a 1st edition hardback with its dustjacket in near to fine condition-the dustjacket edges are a little rubbed. (195 pages). Codice libro della libreria 665
Descrizione libro HarperCollins Distribution Services. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 0233963049 Item in good condition. Textbooks may not include supplemental items i.e. CDs, access codes etc. Codice libro della libreria Z0233963049Z3